Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa was formally established in 1988, with just a few lawyers in a Rotorua garage. Since then, the Society has grown to include a significant membership of legal practitioners, judges, parliamentarians, legal academics, policy analysts, researchers and Māori law students. We are a voluntary organisation, whereby our executive committee all work fulltime. We are proud to represent te iwi Māori in the legal profession and enjoy a healthy relationship with a number of groups including both the New Zealand Law Society and the Law Commission. We are very grateful to our event sponsors and to our members, who give their time and money to support this important kaupapa. Without them, we would not exist. In 2018, our Hunga celebrated our 30th anniversary, where our conference was attended by over 300 participants. We are no longer a small group of lawyers in a garage; rather, we are a large group of Māori who are lawyers, working throughout our communities for our people. So come and join us and our vision for Te Hunga Rōia Māori: Mā te Ture, Mō te Iwi – By the Law, For the People.

Te Hunga Rōia Māori Awards

To mark the 30th anniversary of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, we created four awards to recognise the efforts and achievements of our members:

– The Community Contribution Award
– The Excellence in Academic Writing Award
– The Te Pae Tata Award
– The Matiu Dickson Award for Te Reo and Tikanga Māori

These awards will be presented annually at our Conference. Please keep an eye out for our call for nominations mid-year.

To read more about the awards, click here.

The 2018 recipients of all of our awards were:

– The Community Contribution Award: Season-Mary Downs (Tukau Law Ltd)
– The Excellence in Academic Writing Award: Not awarded
– The Te Pae Tata Award: Arena Williams, Kiri Toki and Rachael Jones (Chapman Tripp)
– The Matiu Dickson Award for Te Reo and Tikanga Māori: Alana Thomas (Kaupare Law Ltd)
– John Te Manihera Chadwick Award: Natalie Coates (University of Auckland).
– Taonga for the National Kaupapa Māori Mooting Competition: Tanira Fisher-Marama (University of Auckland)
– Te Toroa Taataki Prize for Best Te Reo Māori mooter: Mereana Te Whata (AUT University)
– Manukura Trophy for best mooting team: Edmond Carrucan (University of Waikato), Mereana Te Whata (AUT) and Nerys Udy (University of Otago).

Our people

Female Co-President

Marcia Murray

Marcia Murray
Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Tūhourangi, Ngā Puhi
Marcia is Lawyer at Crown Law.
Marcia is an experienced solicitor, policy analyst and kaitakawaenga (Māori Liaison), with a demonstrated history of working in both government and tertiary sectors. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Māori Studies and Anthropology from The University of Auckland in 2005. During her time at the University of Auckland, Marcia was Co-President of Ngā Tauira Māori (the University of Auckland Māori Law Students’ Association) and was an executive member of Te Rākau Ture – Māori Law Students’ Association.
Between 2006 – 2011 Marcia was the Kaitakawaenga Māori for the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Auckland, managing the faculty’s Māori and Pasifika recruitment, retention and role-modelling projects. In 2008, the team won the University of Auckland Excellence in Equity Award 2008 for the South Pacific Indigenous Engineering Students (SPIES) Pacific recruitment drive to Samoa in 2007.
In 2011 Marcia moved to Wellington to complete her legal studies at Victoria University and worked part-time for Tuaropaki Trust as the executive secretary to the chairman. The role provided an opportunity to learn about Māori land trusts and the whānau of Tuaropaki Trust.
Upon completing her law degree in 2013, Marcia worked at the Waitangi Tribunal Unit, predominantly as an Analyst/ Inquiry Facilitator for the Wai 898 – Te Rohe Pōtae Inquiry. When the inquiry came to an end, Marcia joined the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater rights and interests team as a Policy Analyst in February 2015, and in late 2016 took up a solicitor position in the Ministry’s legal team. In 2018, Marcia was awarded the Ministry for the Environment’s Executive Leadership Team (Te Pūrengi) Award for empowering others, being a great connector, an inspirational leader and being able to weave her legal and cultural expertise together. In February 2019, Marcia took up a secondment position at the Crown Law Office until February 2020.
When she has spare time, Marcia enjoys learning waiata and mōteatea from Tauranga Moana, supporting her whānau as an Associate Director on their kiwifruit orchard and spending quality time with friends and whānau.

Male Co-President

Glenn Tootill

Waikato-Maniapoto

With a legal background focussing on Māori land, Glenn is passionate and committed to the progression and development of Māori.
Glenn is passionate about helping owners achieve their aspirations in respect of their whenua, and in his previous role with Te Tumu Paeroa where he worked with owners to establish and develop kiwifruit orchards as one means of creating a legacy for future generations.

Glenn is a Director of Maurea Consultancy Limited and also a consultant for McCaw Lewis, specialising in Māori land.

Glenn has represented his iwi in various governance roles including with Te Whakakitenga o Waikato and the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board.

Secretary

Jaimee Paenga

Ngāti Porou, Ngai te Rangi me Ngāti Ranginui

Jaimee currently is a Legal Officer at the Human Rights Commission. She previously practiced criminal law at the Manukau Public Defence Service and in the Waitangi Tribunal.
Jaimee holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business Management (public relations) from the University of Waikato. She was admitted to the bar in 2014 and started her career in branding and communication for a New Zealand dairy exporter, before moving back to law in 2015.

Treasurer

Nahe Majurey

Ngāti Maru

Nahe is currently a senior consultant at Deloitte, working in the Tax and Private service line.

Nahe graduated from the University of Auckland in 2016 with an LLB and a BCom (major in accounting), and was admitted to the bar in 2017. He is currently studying towards becoming a chartered accountant.

Young Lawyer Representative

Liam Stoneley

Ngāi Tahu

Liam is a solicitor in Chapman Tripp’s Auckland Corporate team. He is part of Chapman Tripp’s Te Waka Ture team, which specialises in providing commercial legal advice to iwi, hapū, Māori landowners, Māori businesses, and those looking to work with them.
Liam graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2015 with an LLB and a BA in te reo Māori and New Zealand history. During his time at university, he held the role of Tumuaki Tuarua o Te Putairiki (Māori Law Students Association) and competed in Te Hunga Rōia o Aotearoa’s Student moot three times. In 2016, he travelled to Shanghai, China for a year on Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Agria-Hoaka Scholarship to learn Mandarin at Fudan University.
Liam is a Director of both Whai Rawa Fund Limited, the only iwi-based organisation operating under the Financial Markets Conduct Act as a licensed managed investment scheme, and Te Rūnanga o Waihao Holdings Limited, his marae’s charitable holding company.

Academic Representative

Carwyn Jones

Ngāti Kahungungu

Carwyn is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and Indigenous legal traditions and has published numerous articles on these topics. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press and VUP, 2018), co-editor of Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi (Routledge, 2018), and co-editor of the Māori Law Review.
Carwyn was a negotiator for Ngāti Kahungungu ki Te Wairoa in relation to the settlement of their historical claims. He is a member of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, and the Māori Advisory Committee to the New Zealand Law Commission.

Co-Students Representatives

Jazmine Cassidy

Ngāpuhi me Ngāi Takato

Jazmine is in her fifth and final year at Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo (The University of Otago). She is studying a Bachelor or Laws and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology.
During her time at University, she has been heavily involved with Te Roopū Whai Pūtake as their Kaituhi and Tūmuaki. She has also been the Co-ordinator of Te Īhaka Project: Building Māori Leaders in Law and now the Māori Law Tutor for the University.
Over the University summer breaks, Jazmine has completed a research internship at the Faculty of Law Otago in 2017. Also, in 2018 a summer internship at Simpson Grierson, in their Banking and Finance: Transactional Team and the Local Government and Environment Team.
She wishes to encourage and engage with tauira māori throughout Aotearoa. Ensuring that they are given the support and guidance they need as they start their legal careers

Co-Students Representatives

Natanahira Herewini

Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngai Takoto, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Kurī

Natanahira is currently studying an LLB / BA conjoint at the University of Auckland. In 2013 he participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange Programme and spent a year at Ordrup Gymnasium in Copenhagen. In 2018 he was Tumuaki Tāne of Te Rākau Ture (Māori Law Students’ Association at the University of Auckland).

Far North Representative

Micah Tawhara

Te Whakatohea, Tuhoe, Te Whanau a Apanui me Waikato

Micah was admitted to the bar on 15 February 2008 and worked on mostly civil cases in Hamilton firms for 2 years before establishing Puna Chambers in Hamilton with her close friends.
In 2012, Micah relocated with her children to set up a whanau business in Ahipara. After seeing a huge need in the Far North for lawyers, especially in relation to youth and whānau issues, Micah established Tawhara Law Limited in Kaitaia mainly practising in Family Law. In 2016 she founded He Whānau Mārama Trust with like-minded parents who wanted more opportunities for children in isolated, small communities of the Far North.
She manages the Kaitaia/Far North branch of the Taitokerau Law Community Centre and assists with free legal services once a month at the local People’s Centre.
Micah is a trustee for her marae at Opeke, Ngati Ira and has served her communities on various education, youth development boards and sports committees. She has recently become a trustee of the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board.
If she isn’t in the office or in court, she’s either on the streets with Youth Group “Shine on Kaitaia” putting on music and entertainment events for the community or enjoying her teen boys busking or surfing. Her brother manages Ahipara Surf school at NZ Surf Bros and her partner is Chairman of the Kaitaia Basketball Assn. Her whānau and friends work collaboratively in their community to ensure whanau and their children receive ample opportunities to express their talents and creativity.

Auckland Representative

Yasmin Olsen

Ngāpuhi

Yasmin is a solicitor and junior prosecutor at Kayes Fletcher Walker, the Manukau Crown Solicitor’s Office. She joined KFW in February 2018 after two years as a judge’s clerk at the Auckland High Court.
Yasmin graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 with an LLB(Hons) and BA in English Literature. While at Otago, she held the role of Tumuaki Tuarua of Te Roopū Whai Pūtake (Māori Law Students Association).
Outside work, Yasmin is a keen reader and writer, and is continuing to learn te reo Māori.

Co-Waikato Representative

Ethan Jerome Leota

Waikato

Ethan graduated from University of Waikato in 2017, Bachelor of Laws, Past Co-President of Te Whakahiapo – Waikato Maaori Law Students’Association in 2017. He is currently a Settlement and Claims Advisor for Waikato-Tainui based in Hamilton

Born and bred in the Waikato and commencing my legal career working for my iwi. At university I served on Te Whakahiapo for 3 years and supported Maaori students through their studies as a Maaori Mentor at Te Piringa-Faculty of Law. Heavily involved in netball as an umpire and enjoy giving back to my people any opportunity I can.

Co-Waikato Representative

MĀNIA Hope

Waikato

Mania is a barrister based in Hamilton Central, practicing primarily in the area of family law.  She also has experience with papa kāinga, estates, trusts and probate.  Before going out on her own, Mania previously practiced in the District and High Court civil jurisdiction, Treaty of Waitangi forum and the general civil jurisdiction.

Mania graduated from the University of Waikato in 2004 with a BA/LLB. She worked as a Human Resources Advisor/Policy Analyst at Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa before going out into practice in 2006. Mania was an employed barrister and solicitor for two Hamilton law firms before commencing practice as a barrister sole in 2009.

Since going into sole practice, Mania’s primary area of practice is in the Family Court, including representing children.

Mania is a District Inspector of Mental Health appointed by the Minister of Health, Hon Jonathan Coleman for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes region. She currently hold’s a 3 year warrant commencing 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2020

Mania is the Te Hunga Rōia Māori co-opted member on the Family Law Section. She is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is able to conduct court proceedings in Te Reo Māori. Mania is in chambers with her father, Alex Hope, who also has a passion for Te Reo Māori and assisting people towards achievable outcomes.

Co-Bay of Plenty Representative

Leone Farquhar

Ngāti Tūwharetoa me Ngāti Kahungunu

Leone is an Associate at Harris Tate in Tauranga, specialising in Māori Legal Issues, Family Law and Civil Dispute Resolution.
Leone has been practising since 2008 after graduating from the University of Waikato with a BMS/LLB in 2007. She has represented a number of Māori land trusts, incorporations and whānau over the years and is passionate about assisting and empowering Māori in whatever way she can – both inside and outside of her legal role.
Leone grew up in Kawerau and Rotorua and has recently moved back to the Waiāriki from Kirikiriroa with her young whānau. She is loving what Tauranga Moana has to offer so far and is looking forward to contributing to Te Hunga Rōia Māori kaupapa on behalf of our Waiāriki whānau.

Co-Bay of Plenty Representative

Cynthia Hamel

Ngāpuhi

Cynthia is a solicitor on the Disputes and Litigation team with Harris Tate in Tauranga, where she has been since 2017.
Cynthia graduated from Waikato University in 2016 with an LLB Hons and was invited into the Golden Key International Honor Society. Cynthia was awarded the Māori Excellence Award from Waikato University, the top Māori Land Law student from McCaw Lewis, and the annual Simpson Grierson award for Environmental Law.
Cynthia has volunteered at Baywide Community Law since 2015 and is passionate about assisting Māori with legal matters, in particular with land, estates and governance.

Co-East Coast Representative

Maree Kereru

Marree is a solicitor at Woodward Chrisp in Gisborne. She is in the Commercial team and also undertakes mahi for clients in the Māori Land Court.
Marree was born and raised in Kawhia. She attended both Otorohanga college and St Joseph’s Māori Girls College and from there went to Otago University for 2 years.
Marree graduated from the University of Waikato in 2015 with an LLB and a BA with first class honours in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga. She was admitted to the bar in 2017. Marree is passionate about her whānau and community. She is a member of the trust board at St Joseph’s Māori Girls College, the Chair of her Whānau Trust in Kawhia and gets stuck in with community initiatives and events.
Before her mahi as a solicitor, Marree worked in the Māori Land Court as a case manager in both Christchurch and Hastings and was also a volunteer at the Canterbury Community Law Centre.

Co-East Coast Representative

Ann-Jolena Baker

Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa me Ngati Whatua

Ann-Jolena was dmitted to the bar in 2014 and graduated from the University of Waikato. Currently, she is a staff solicitor at Rishworth Wall & Mathieson and has experience in criminal defence and family law.
Ann-Jolena is one of the Te Tairawhiti Regional representatives on Te Hunga Roia Maori Executive and the Executive’s nominated representative for the NZLS Cultural Change Taskforce. Locally, she is also a member of the NZLS Gisborne Branch Council.
Outside of the law Ann-Jolena is very whanau orientated, enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends.

North-West Coast Representative

Miaana Walden

Taranaki me Te Atiawa

Miaana is an Associate at Govett Quilliam in New Plymouth. Miaana joined Govett Quilliam in November 2014 after completing her law degree and Bachelor of Arts (Māori) at the University of Otago. Her areas of expertise include Care of Children Act and Domestic Violence proceedings, general Family Court advocacy, dispute resolution, the application of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (including the establishment and governance of Māori land trusts, succession to interests in Māori land and providing general advice about Māori legal issues affecting individuals, whanau, hapu and iwi.
Miaana volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau in New Plymouth and she loves exploring the beauty that Taranaki has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, playing tennis, netball and running (preferably downhill and short distances).

Co-Wellington Representative

Rahera Dyall

Ngāti Porou, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato -Tainui

Rahera graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a LLB & BA in 2017 and was admitted to the bar in September 2018.

During her time at university Rahera was Tumuaki Wahine of Ngā Rangahautira  (the Victoria University Māori Law Students’ Association)

For down time, Rahera enjoys playing sport, going to the gym and hanging out with her whānau and friends.

Co-Wellington Representative

Rahera Douglas

Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui

After graduating with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Rahera completed her Bachelor of Laws at Otago in 2017. She is now based in Wellington, working as a research counsel in the Chief Judge’s Chambers of the Māori Land Court. Outside of work, Rahera enjoys waiata Māori and crafts alongside monthly kapa kawhe with other Wellington members of the hunga.

Canterbury Representative

Kate Tarawhiti

Waikato-Tainui

Kate is a Policy Advisor in the Strategy and Influence pou at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.  Prior to joining Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kate worked as a Senior Solicitor at Kahui  Legal advising clients on a range of matters including public law, Māori land law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi issues and trust law.  Kate has also worked for Lane Neave providing resource management advice.

Kate completed her studies at the University of Otago and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology).  During her studies Kate was on the executive of Te Roopū Whai Pūtake.  More recently, Kate moved back to Ōtautahi where she grew up and is excited to tautoko all Te Hunga Rōia Māori members based here in Ōtautahi.

Otago and Southland Representative

Georgia Woodward

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa me Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku

Georgia graduated from the University of Waikato in 2017 with her Bachelor of Laws (with first class honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in te reo Māori. Georgia was admitted to the bar in March 2018.
Georgia is a solicitor at Preston Russell Law, Invercargill in the litigation team and is a Crown Prosecutor.
Outside of work, Georgia actively trains and competes in three styles of martial arts, and enjoys snowboarding and hiking in the South Island.

Family Law sector Representative

MĀNIA Hope

Waikato

Mania is a barrister based in Hamilton Central, practicing primarily in the area of family law.  She also has experience with papa kāinga, estates, trusts and probate.  Before going out on her own, Mania previously practiced in the District and High Court civil jurisdiction, Treaty of Waitangi forum and the general civil jurisdiction.

Mania graduated from the University of Waikato in 2004 with a BA/LLB. She worked as a Human Resources Advisor/Policy Analyst at Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa before going out into practice in 2006. Mania was an employed barrister and solicitor for two Hamilton law firms before commencing practice as a barrister sole in 2009.

Since going into sole practice, Mania’s primary area of practice is in the Family Court, including representing children.

Mania is a District Inspector of Mental Health appointed by the Minister of Health, Hon Jonathan Coleman for the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes region. She currently hold’s a 3 year warrant commencing 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2020

Mania is the Te Hunga Rōia Māori co-opted member on the Family Law Section. She is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is able to conduct court proceedings in Te Reo Māori. Mania is in chambers with her father, Alex Hope, who also has a passion for Te Reo Māori and assisting people towards achievable outcomes.

Legal Aid sector Representative

Tavake Afeaki

Ngāti Kahungungu

Tavake has been a lawyer for 25 years, a mediator for 20 years and in his own practice as a Barrister for 16 years. He is a stanuch advocate of Te Tiriti o Waitagi, justice and equal opportunities for tangat whenua, individualsm whānau, hapū and tribal; nations, Pasifika and other disadvantaged peoples’ rights. His vision for Te Hunga Rōia Māori is to increase support and opportunities for Māori lawyers to best serve our Māori communities. He has lived and worked in several countries an is involved in international business networks.
He is a best-selling author with his collaborative book “Visions of Success” and has some other books in draft. He serves individuals, families, trusts, churches, companies, commissions and communities in civil, constitutional, commercial areas in Aotearoa, the Kingdom of Tonga and wherever his whānau, friends reside.
With others, Tavake was a founding member of Te Rākau Ture at Auckland University and was provoleged to serve as Tumuaki Tāne o Te Hunga Rōia ages ago when he was young and served his third and final term in 2018.
Tavake has served as a member of a Tribunal, various official panels and is involved with his whānau , hapū and whakaminenga. He has served on his kids Ngātapuwae Kura Board for 12 years and enjoys Sea Scouts with his tamariki. Tavake has represented Aucklad in age-grade rugby, Tonga in karate world tournaments and serves various Tongan business councils. He is a Law Lord in Tonga and serves as a guardian of the Constitution 1875 on the Judicial Committee of King Tupou VI’s Privy Council and the Judicial Appointments Panel in Tonga.
When he is not out saving the worls, Tavake can be found reading, writing, singing, training, travelling and goofing off with his four tamariki. He and his big boss Hinepāwhero run and online travel business to support whānau, communities and have fun exploring other cultures.